Product Type: H&M Hunter Original
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H&M flip-flop flop!
Member Name: Drifter_2000
Advantages: Range of colours, low price
Disadvantages: Sharp uncomfortable edges, very thin
I think it's fair to say that H&M flip-flops are made with style rather than comfort in mind. The ones with a cane footbed looked a little flimsy so I disregarded them in favour of rubber flip-flops. There was a considerable range of patterns available, from a Gothic skull and crossbones motif to zebra stripes as well as a kaleidoscope of plain colour options. Because of the low price, I opted for two pairs: a relatively spartan pair in khaki green for £3.99 and an orange pair with contrasting yellow straps for £5.99.
The reason for the price difference was not obvious at first. Both pairs were built in the same way, although the strap for the orange pair seemed a little softer and the footbed was smoother. The straps on the khaki pair seemed to have a few sharp edges where the rubber was fused together and the sole was made of a spongier material. Still, there was no reason to think that they would feel drastically different to wear.
Unfortunately the khaki pair did not last long. The footbed was slightly rough- made up of little raised diamonds that provide grip and prevent your foot from sliding around. This made it slightly uncomfortable to walk on, especially on the balls of my feet. The sole itself was very spongey and thin, and didn't provide much protection from the cobbled streets of northern Italy. The sole had plenty of grip but it felt perilously thin in places, making these flip-flops best reserved for the pool or the beach. Regarding the much-discussed 'flip-flop noise', this pair were among the worst I've ever had. Largely this was due to the straps being quite short meaning that the back of the shoe hits your heel with greater force. Even in a busy tourist resort with a high flip-flop count, it still felt at those my boombastic footwear was attracting attention. Worst still, the straps had a sharp edge where they joined, which was located right between my big toe and my second toe. It eventually became too painful to wear the flip-flops because of the irritation caused by this edge and they met a premature end in 'il dustbin'. I returned to the hotel in consierable discomfort. How long had they lasted? About an hour...
The orange pair wear a lot better. The footbed was smoother but still had a slightly raised pattern to assist with grip. The straps did not have the sharp edge and they always stayed in place, and they were also a bit looser so it didn't feel like they were digging in and they weren't too noisy. They were very comfortable and I was able to walk around in them all day with no discomfort at all. Durability was not their strong point, however. I wore them off an on for a summer of working on a campsite and they'd worn pretty thin by the end, especially around the heel. Towards the end of the summer I remember foolishly wearing them on a visit to a farm and was given plastic overshoes to wear with them- a very slippery experience!
Overall, H&M flip-flops are very much the economy class- low on comfort and durability. The only plus points are the range of patterns available and the low price. In my opinion, the cheapest pairs aren't worth it and should be avoided at all costs. Go for the next price bracket up and you'll get a comfortable and still quite inexpensive pair of flip-flops that are fine for occasional use. It's probably worth trying them on quickly if you can (I know- not always practical) as it could save you a very painful walk later on!
However, some would say that if you're going to spend £5.99 on a pair, you may as well spend a little more and get something a lot more comfortable. Check out surf brands like Animal and No Fear, as well more specialist manufacturers like Havaianas or iPanema as they're not much pricier but they're sure to last a lot longer.
Summary: Avoid the cheapest pairs at all costs
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